Mercedes-Benz To Build PHEV Variants Of A-Class And B-Class

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Mercedes-Benz To Build PHEV Variants Of A-Class And B-Class

During a press conference at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, it was revealed that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) variants of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class will be presented this year. This information came from Ola Källenius, head of Mercedes-Benz' R&D department and the successor to the position of CEO later this year.

According to an article by MercedesBlog, these variants will be pushing 200 hp with over 400 Nm of torque, with a minimum electric-only range of 50 km. The official information and technical specifications have yet to be released, but inside sources say that they will be using the turbocharged 1.3-litre 4-cylinder engine (found in the all-new A200) with 163 hp and an electric motor that supplies 90 hp.

What's more interesting that these PHEV models will be all-wheel drive, with the engine driving the front wheels and the electric motor driving the rear - as is the case with a lot of hybrid vehicles these days. These cars will be sold under the EQ Power sub brand, and should be a nice counterpart to the gas-guzzling AMG variants.



Aswan

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Places more value in how fun a car is to drive than outright performance or luxury. He laments the direction that automotive development is headed in, but grudgingly accepts the logic behind it. Can be commonly found trying to fix yet another problem on his rusty project car.


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